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A few things... prop walk is a bear... it is often easier to gun the engine, get some momentum and then drop the engine into idle or near idle, which eliminates the prop walk considerably. Doing bursts of power is generally better than trying to run the engine at a steady RPM, as the propwalk will be less of a factor.
Also, the wheel won't have the desired effect unless you are actually making way in reverse. Look at the water behind the boat...if it isn't piling up against the transom, then you're still moving forward, and the wheel will have the opposite effect of what you expect, since you're turning it and expecting the boat to act as if it is in reverse, but you're not.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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